The Woodward News


January 18, 2012


Woodward, Okla. — John Bowser, 68 year old Woodward resident, died Monday, January 16, 2012 in Woodward. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2012 in the First Christian Church with the Reverend Gene Spillman and Charlie Wellman officiating. A private family burial will be held at an earlier time with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

John Earl Bowser was born on October 29, 1943 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Gerald Robert and Magurette Georgia (Wakeman) Bowser. John and his family lived in Taloga where he attended school until the age of 9. The family moved to Woodward in 1953 and John graduated from Woodward High School in 1962. John was united in marriage to Regina Kay Poage on June 11, 1967 in Woodward. John and Regina made their home in Woodward moving to their current home south of Tangier 32 years ago. John has one son, Jason, who was born in 1971. In the 1970's John owned and operated Sooner Pipeline. From 1982 until 1993 John worked at the Bank of Woodward. He worked for Sureshot Cans from 1996 until 2006 when he retired. During his retirement John began ranching and continued to do so until his death.

One achievement John was very proud of was receiving his Bachelors Degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1997.

John loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. John also enjoyed watching football, basketball and baseball and cooking steaks for his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife Regina of the home, son, Jason Bowser and girlfriend Paula Buzbee of Woodward; his mother, Margurette Bowser of Woodward; brother, Gary Bowser and wife Lovilla of Woodward; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sharon Martinez and husband Richard of Guymon; granddaughter, Chasity Bowser and fiancé Ryan Harris of Stillwater; niece, Toni Bowser of Woodward; three nephews, Tyler Bowser and wife April of Durango, Colorado, Shawn Martinez and wife Tina of Guymon, Brett Martinez and fiancé Missi Fritz of Ulysses, Kansas; other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Gerald R. Bowser Sr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Pulmonary Research with the funeral home accepting contributions.

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